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Microsoft, Google to sue US government

Aug 31 2013, 9:42am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Aug 31 (IANS) Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported Saturday.

Washington, Aug 31 — Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of...

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Microsoft, Google to sue US government

Aug 31 2013, 9:42am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Aug 31 (IANS) Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported Saturday.

Washington, Aug 31 — Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported Saturday.

The companies announced the lawsuit Friday after talks with the justice department stalled.

This is expected to escalate a legal battle over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa), which is used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US government agencies to gather data about foreign internet users.

Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith, made the announcement in a blog post that complained of the government's "continued unwillingness" to let it publish information about Fisa requests.

Both the firms filed suits in a US federal court in June, arguing that they be allowed to make public more information about user data requests made under FISA.

The tech giants cited the first amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, to defend corporate reputations battered by Snowden's revelations.

"On six occasions in recent weeks we agreed with the department of justice to extend the government's deadline to reply to these lawsuits. We hoped that these discussions would lead to an agreement acceptable to all," Smith wrote.

The negotiations failed, he wrote, so Google and Microsoft were going to court. He did not specify when, or to which court.

Snowden, a former NSA whistleblower, gave documents to the Guardian and Washington Post revealing NSA claims about access to technology firms' data via its Prism system.

The companies denied the NSA had "direct access" to their systems but said they were legally unable to disclose how many times they have been asked to provide information on users.

Fisa requests are granted by a special court that sits in secret and can grant the NSA permission to collect data stored by any company about a named person. In 2012, the court granted 1,856 requests and turned none down.

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4 days ago

Tim Cook talks privacy in part two of Charlie Rose interview

Sep 15 2014 6:15pm CDT | Source: 9to5Mac

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Mysterious phony cell towers are intercepting phones across the U.S.

Sep 4 2014 8:05am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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4 weeks ago

Apple the voice of reason in cyber war of words between the west and China

Aug 19 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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5 weeks ago

Apple starts storing user data on servers in China for first time

Aug 15 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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5 weeks ago

Snowden, declassified documents reveal more of NSA's activities

Aug 13 2014 2:09pm CDT | Source: MacNN

The National Security Agency (NSA) was behind the two-day Internet blackout of Syria in 2012, claims whistleblower Edward Snowden. The accusation, alongside claims that the NSA is working on an automated malware killer, from Snowden comes at the same time as a separate report appearing to show the NSA collecte ...
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6 weeks ago

Security Concerns Push Chinese to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Products

Aug 7 2014 11:15am CDT | Source: Pad Gadget

It appears another country is cutting Apple devices from its list of acceptable devices. A few months ago, the Russian government dropped its iPad program amid concerns that the U.S. government might intercept important confidential information. Although Russian officials pointed to “American special services” as the reason for the switch to Samsung devices, Apple is the one losing out. Today, Bloomberg revealed a similar stance taken in ...
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6 weeks ago

No, the Chinese government has not ‘banned’ Apple

Aug 7 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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6 weeks ago

Chinese government’s war on Apple escalates as it bans govt purchases

Aug 6 2014 7:08am CDT | Source: 9to5Mac

After a Chinese state-run TV channel last month described the iPhone as a “national security concern” (a claim Apple denied), Bloomberg reports that the Chinese government has stepped up its war on Apple by removing the company’s products from its procurement lists. Ten Apple products — including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July, according to officials who read it and asked not to be identifi ...
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6 weeks ago

iOS users seven times more active than those who settle for Android

Aug 4 2014 8:31am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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7 weeks ago

Report: Google’s Android the ‘preferred platform’ for terrorists

Aug 1 2014 2:03pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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